The Upper West Side advertising maven who was found with her throat slashed was murdered by someone she knows, law enforcement sources said Monday.
Susan Trott’s lifeless body was found early Sunday morning inside the 70-year-old’s West End Avenue home during a wellness check after a worried friend called the cops.
Police have identified a person of interest in Trott’s killing, but do not have enough evidence to make an arrest, sources said.
The relationship between Trott and the person of interest was not immediately clear to authorities, according to a police source.
When officers got to Trott’s 14th-floor apartment at around 5 a.m. Sunday, they found a blood-soaked pillow and a trail of blood leading to her bedroom.
According to police, Trott – a copywriter and advertising executive who has done work for Levi’s, the Museum of Modern Art, and Panasonic – appeared to have been dead for more than 24 hours.
Detectives were seen going in and out of the building where Trott lived on Monday.
“Everyone loved her,” said neighbor Cristine Delgado, 50, who occasionally walked with Trott at Riverside Park. “She’s very, very friendly and protects animals.”
Another neighbor, Allison Carnell, 47, said that Trott was “always” out in Riverside Park “feeding the squirrels.”
“She was very friendly…she rescued dogs,” Carnell said. “It’s so shocking.”